So I recently bought this book…
Best in show by Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne
…And loved it!
There are some really cute patterns in there for the most commonly owned breeds of dogs, which makes it an ideal handbook for knitting a dog-lover a gift or two.
As it happens, this is exactly why I bought it. I knitted this one:
Good bits: not very time consuming to make
Good bits: simple patterns
Good bits: very clearly explained
Bad bits: a lot of faff to knit some small areas that would be easier just sewn on, e.g. the eyebrows were a bit of a mission.
Get results of poochy-perfection with this very clear guide, it’s a fantastic knit project.
Awful pun titles aside, Knitted Meerkats is a great book.
They’re the perfect thing if you want to make something small. In this instance, it was for my Grandma, who loves the adverts.
Once you’ve mastered the basic meerkat body (never thought I’d write that?!), the clothes are easy to make and take very little time to do. There’s a whole family of different type of meerkat, so potentially there’s a lot of knitting to be done – there are even children meerkats .
Seeing as Grandma already has a meerkat that’s dressed as a groom, I knitted her the bride…
This is a book that everyone learning how to knit should read. Not only is it very funny, but an inspiration. A paragraph of this brings back that urge to grab the nearest yarn and needles.
It also talks about the slightly more unusual benefits of the craft that wouldn’t immediately spring to mind. Psychotherapeutic powers and delivering the virtue of patience – this book has it all.
Things I Learned From Knitting – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee